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  • Alyona Kobevka
    I'd say it was destined. I can trace back to my early years and see the connection between my love for nature, my ease in listening to others, and my sense of home when supporting others during difficult times. In my early professional career, I worked as a care aid for dementia patients and soon after that as a social worker in prisons. There was something still missing for me, though. I longed for more depth and meaning in my work. I wanted to support people spiritually and to walk alongside others as a Soul-companion, amidst some...
  • Duda Baldwin
    Since I was a young girl I was drawn to human behaviour, spirituality and social psychology. I went on to study sociology in Europe, where I am originally from, as it gave me a broad education on both social behaviour and psychological aspect of individuals. I later trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist. As a person, I have always been the go-to girl for my friends and colleagues when overcoming challenges. In addition I have built a successful business at a very difficult time such as being homeless at a point in time, which...
  • Nina Green
    I am an experienced Counselling Client whose own experience of really effective therapeutic support from my own wonderful Counsellors led me to train as a Counsellor to give back some of the great support I received! I actually began a postgraduate degree in Psychology, but decided pretty quickly that I was much more interested in the "counselling conversation" than the "rats and stats" research-based approach of formal psychology, so I changed my degree to Counselling!...
  • Julie Sweet
    My own subjective experience of psychotherapy led me to choose psychotherapy as a profession. As I worked introspectively with my therapist, I was asked the miracle question, also known as the magic wand question. My answer revealed what I had known unconsciously for many years - my purpose and fulfilment lied in my current career. I still undergo psychotherapy; I find it personally and professionally invaluable. After all how can I ask something of others that I am not willing to engage in myself?...
  • Carolyn Choy
    I've always been interested in listening to different people's life stories: how they've endured and overcome challenging times, as well as what drives them, what is their passion, what is it that they love about their life. My initial field of IT was just a job, one I knew I wasn't going to stay in forever. I'm so grateful to have taken this other path which enables me to offer all of my experience (life and training) to others. I am enriched in return by each client I work with....
  • Debby Heath
    I want to be of service and know that counselling and psychotherapy can support profound growth and healing that has a 'ripple effect' in the world. I believe this work is a 'calling' more than a job and I feel grateful to be able to be of service in this way....
  • Naomi Palmer
    I have always been interested in how humans make sense of their lives and their emotional pain. I studied psychology in my first degree at university, and this confirmed for me that I wanted to work with people in a therapeutic way, to bring healing and change....
  • Mark Walker
    I was drawn to psychotherapy out of curiosity, to make sense of myself and other people in a caring, helpful way. I'd studied and practiced a variety of therapeutic approaches - art and Sandplay therapies, creative imagination and inner work - and was keen to draw all the thinking and methods together in some form of framework that resonated....
  • Sonia Scussel
    I find it fascinating to understand how our mind works, how the brain develops. I've been in therapy for a few years, and it cleared my mind. I started learning to become a counsellor later in life, initially it was more an extension of my personal journey. I found it illuminating and felt the need to help others in the same way. I started with volunteer jobs in different associations. I realized how lonely many people feel when they struggle with mental health, and how less sometimes is needed to help them. I went back to studying...
  • Nick Batty
    I have always had a strong interest in human behaviour, and in 2013 I followed my passion and commenced the pathway to become a Psychologist....
  • Sally Walsh
    we all deserve to give ourselves more choice and to live a fulfilling life...
  • Sarah Bergman
    I have always been interested in talking with and getting to know people. I am very curious about myself and others. What makes us unhappy and happy? How do our relationships with ourselves and others affect us? From a young teenager I decided that I would work in the field of Social Work and have done so since the mid 1990's. Previously I have worked for RAPT an organisation in conjunction with The Department of Family Services with at risk youth; The Smith Family as an Edu-cate officer working with families; Community Corrections...
  • Jim Filshie
    A combination of things have led me here: my deep interest in engaging with and getting to know others, my increasing understanding of how the world and society impacts positively and adversely on people, my fascination with the words and work of those who have understood that truly helping people doesn't mean telling them what to do or even gently nudging them in certain directions, but in giving them the conditions that will help them to chart their own course. ...
  • Muriel Cooper
    I was a talk radio presenter for many years and had various psychologists and mental health professionals on my programs. These special guests changed the way I viewed my own mental health and encouraged me to pursue psychology as a profession....
  • Kate McMaugh
    I originally chose to study psychology as an 18 year old who was interested in "brains and behaviour" but I did not come from an academic family at all (I am the first person in my family to finish school) So I really had little idea what a psychologist did and I don't think I had ever met one! However it turned out that my choice, all those years ago, was a lucky one, as I love what I do. As I got older and more aware of my profession it was the mind-body connection and the huge potential of the human being to heal that really...
  • Nicolle Griffin
    I can remember the exact day I decided I wanted to become a psychologist. I was 13 years old and in Year 8 at high school, sitting in homeroom (i.e. roll call) with one of my friends. I don’t recall exactly which national or international situation we were perplexed by, but to our early adolescent minds, something so extraordinary and bizarre had happened that we both decided to dedicate our lives to finding out the ‘why’ – why do people do the things that they do? Why do people do things that don’t seem to make logical...
  • Denise Howells
    I have had a lifetime interest in well-being, personal growth and development. I have had many wonderful work opportunities and these opportunities led me to understand that I wanted work in the helping profession. When I began studying counselling & psychotherapy, I knew I was in the right place. ...
  • Petra Lansdown
    I started my career in Counselling later in life, I have always had a strong interest in psychology and curious about the mind and body and how they both connect. I am passionate about providing support and connection for people who are going through difficult periods in life. Life will always have hardships, by understanding the present and the past gives us insight and this can help us move forward feeling more freer to live a more fulfilling life. We can't choose our past but we can choose the present and our future. ...
  • Nigel Bailey
    I have always been fascinated by human psychology and behaviour. I worked in the creative industry for many years where this was regularly interpreted and applied from a very particular perspective. Increasingly, I found my attention turning towards a more human-centred and empathic interpretation of human needs, in alignment with my sustainable design objectives. From this, direct engagement as a therapist became the logical conclusion. I returned to university as a (very) mature student and have never looked back....
  • Sara Wulf
    I feel that it is my purpose in life. I grew up with deaf parents, so I understand the value of being able to listen. I cherish the ability to be able to hear someone's story and be there for them. I want to hear the good, the bad and the ugly. It is important to me that people feel heard because everyone has a story. Most importantly, I have also had my own battles with depression and anxiety throughout my life. I have been to those dark and terrifying places in your mind where you feel like you can't escape and how hard it is to...
  • Helen Basili
    Social justice has always been very important to me and social work was a way of enacting these values....
  • Lauren Reiners
    I saw a counsellor as a child and found the process to be so helpful, and insightful. It allowed me space to be able to express whatever it was that I was feeling, without judgement. Since I was a child, I wanted to be able to provide the same experience for others. ...
  • Neha Kapoor
    I believe I have a strong desire to help others and to assist people with the challenges of daily living. I have always been a good listener and find that others often seem to feel comfortable confiding in me. It is something that comes to me naturally along with my genuine desire to help those in need. ...
  • Debbie O'Connor
    Since I was a child I have always been interested and curious about people, what makes them the unique individuals they are, and have always had a keen desire to help people in distress. I began my career in the helping professions in the field of nursing, however after the death of a close relative through suicide, I became increasingly aware of the distress that so many people feel as a result of traumatic life experiences and mental health concerns. At this time I also embarked on my own personal development and therapy, and...
  • Elizabeth Fairbanks
    I have a deep passion and curiosity about human healing, transformation and growth. Like many, I have asked countless questions about why the world is in the state we find it, and the answers I have found lie in psychology; particularly the psychology of Buddhism and of trauma. Therapy is something I feel comes naturally to me, and I have always been psychologically minded. I have been in therapy myself for over twelve years, I find great meaning and fulfillment in exploring my own truth, and helping others to do the same. ...
  • Stephanie de Niese
    This profession was always something I knew was meant for me. I decided on this pathway at the age of 12 and although had hit the usual stumbling blocks along the way, I eventually found my place. I come from a big family - immediate and extended - so from an early age I understood the variety of personalities and characters that can emerge from the one source and how they interact and interplay with one another. This led me to observing the same thing in my friendship groups and soon led to me playing the unofficial counsellor role;...
  • Andrew Macdonald
    I have always been interested in human sciences and the connection between thoughts, feelings and emotions. I started out volunteering as a counsellor 15 years ago and found I learnt so much about individual stories people bring to the work....
  • Lisa Paul
    I saw there was a gap in the health system in supporting mothers and fathers especially with the transition to parenthood. Everybody focuses on the birth of this baby and the baby itself when it comes but how many times do YOU feel heard? How many times do people check in and ask how your going? In my experience, while having a baby is a wonderful experience, it also comes with an enormous trailer load of different feelings - which can be different for everyone. Commonly, issues around not being a good enough mother, loss of your...
  • Benjamin Shields
    It is a cliche, but I was one of those kids who wanted to 'help people' when he grew up. I couldn't think of any other profession that was as direct in this sense, as the work of a psychologist. So, that's what I pursued. As an 18-year-old, the long journey required to become a psychologist was difficult to comprehend. I studied for four years initially before undertaking a two-year internship, which involved regular supervision and study. After that, I completed a further two years of study for a masters program. Then still,...
  • Karin McLennan
    As a former United Nations staff member working in international humanitarian operations for around 20 years, I spent many years living and working in areas of protracted conflict, or responding to natural calamities, and was witness to a world becoming increasingly traumatised. It wasn’t until I experienced my own trauma through accidents in Syria and Nigeria that I started to understand first-hand what acute stress disorder PTSD was all about. I had no clue how to heal myself, despite knocking on every door that I could find for...
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